UNDP and Tibet strengthen ties

29 Jul 2013

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A six-day field mission to Lhasa, Tibet by the United Nations Development Programme and China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges to meet with government and project counterparts in Tibet was concluded today.

From 24-29 July 2013 Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, accompanied by Pei Hongye and Mr. Yao Shenhong, Director General, Mr. Liu Jun, Division Chief, and Ms. Chen Chang, Programme Officer of CICETE travelled Tibet to discuss on-going and possible future cooperation, and to strengthen the partnership between UN/UNDP China and Tibet. A visit was also conducted to the pilot site of the Old Lhasa City Protection and Development Sub-project under the Tibet Development and Poverty Alleviation Programme to inspect the project results and impact on local development.

It has been well recognised by the Tibet Autonomous Regional Government and all partners that the Tibet Development and Poverty Alleviation Programme, in particular the Old Lhasa City Protection and Development Sub-project, has made significant contribution to local socio-economic development through building capacity, improving planning and raising awareness, as well as scientific research and documentation. It contributed significantly to assist the government in the development and implementation of evidence-based, culturally sensitive, equitable and sustainable development strategies and policies.

Drawing on past and on-going cooperation results, it has been proposed that Tibet and UN/UNDP continue their strategic partnership in the following focus areas, which are important strategic development priorities for both UNDP and the government: culture-based development, environmental protection and renewable energy, climate change, human resource development and capacity building, and strategic policy development.